Underwood sweeps at American Country Awards
Monday, December 6, 2010
– Carrie Underwood cleaned up at the first American Country Awards winning six awards Monday, including Artist of the Year. Underwood took home the top honor in all six categories in which she was nominated - top female artist, touring artist, album ("Play On"), single (Cowboy Casanova
) and music video (
) by a female artist.
Lady Antebellum won four awards: single of the year by a duo or group, single of the year, music video and top duo or group, all for Need You Now.
Easton Corbin won all three breakthrough artist categories: Breakthrough Artist and single and video (both for A Little More Country Than That).
Hillbilly Bone by Blake Shelton earned him Music Video of the Year and Music Video: Male.
Brad Paisley won top male artist.
Josh Turner received the best single award by a male artist for Why Don't We Just Dance.
Alan Jackson received the Greatest Hits Award, Rascal Flatts took the Decade Award and Toby Keith scored with the Video Visionary Award.
Trace Adkins hosted the show held in Las Vegas.
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CD reviews for Easton Corbin
About to Get Real
Seeing Easton Corbin sporting a skinny tie on the cover notwithstanding, from the first track "Kiss Me One More Time," Corbin gives notice that this is no "bro country" album. He is singing to the women. Next, "Guys and Girls," could've easily fallen prey to the "...since there's a banjo, it must be country" vibe, but it is a country song too!
"Clockwork" relates how lovers risk reaping the same rewards or punishment over and over. »»»
All Over The Road
Easton Corbin jumped on to the country music scene two years ago with a self-titled album and a fun, easy-going single, titled I'm A Little More Country Than That. The Florida native's staying power or lack there of will be determined by his 11-song sophomore album, "All Over The Road."
Corbin makes a strong case with this album that combines strong ballads and impressive mid-tempo songs. The songs are well-written as Corbin enlisted the services of accomplished songwriters »»»
You may not always be able to judge a book by its cover. But the image of a north Florida country boy playing a guitar and sitting next to a dog on a front porch perfectly describes what the mood of the 11 songs will be. Corbin recalls George Strait on several songs, but none more than the hit A Little More Country Than That. It's his debut song and firmly establishes him on the traditional side of the country/pop-country canyon.
But Corbin isn't simply a sound-a-like. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Nightflyer soars
Despite the stage being a touch small for a five-piece band, the highly entertaining and extremely talented Nightflyer delivered with that hard driving, high-energy country bluegrass sound fans have come to expect.
Joking that their contract only allowed them to play songs about trains, prison, whiskey, mama and Jesus, Nightflyer's diversity... »»»
Concert Review: Adkins leaves grit, intensity behind
Trace Adkins looked intimidating on GAC'S show "Day Jobs" where he relived his days on an off shore oil rig driller. As a country music star walking onstage, he is downright menacing. He looms over seven-feet tall when donning his cowboy hat. But for whatever reason, his show lacked the grit and intensity Adkins is famous for.... »»»
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